The Differences in Fiber Types Between Various Fiber Products

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If you look around there are dozens of dietary supplement products in the market.  These products use one or more ingredients which is the “fiber” in that product.  Apart from fiber these product usually contain other ingredients such as flavor or sweeteners to make it easier to consume.

If you are looking to buy a fiber product but not sure about which one to pick this article will help you to make that choice.  In this post we will see what is the basic ingredient in the popular fiber products.  Having this knowledge will help you to make the right choice and avoid products which may contain ingredients to which you may be allergic.

Let us see which is the Fiber type or source in the popular fiber supplements which are available in the market.

Metamucil

metamucil with psylliumMetamucil is one of the most famous fiber supplement.  The main ingredient in metamucil is Psyllium.  Psyllium, which is the main ingredient in most Metamucil products, is the component that gives these products their laxative properties. Psyllium works by turning into a viscous gel in the intestines, helping in transporting the stool through the digestive tract.

Metamucil clear And NaturalAlthough Metamucil is known as the most famous product which uses Psyllium, it also has one product which does not contain Psyllium.  It contains Inulin which is produced from Chocory root and it is used as laxative.  That product is called “Metamucil Inulin Clear & Natural Clear-Mixing Fiber Powder”.

If you compare the Metamucil Inulin Clear & Natural Clear-Mixing Fiber Powder product with other variations of Metamucil you can see a clear difference.  This product is present in blue color case while the other variations are in orange colored boxes. The taste and texture of inulin is smoother than psyllium.  Inulin can be mixes into most beverages and foods to give you added fiber, without adding flavor, taste, or grit. It can be stirred and mixed into beverages or can even be added directly to foods as you’re cooking or baking.

Benefiber

Benefiber is another good and popular product for fiber supplement.  The main ingredient in Benefiber is wheat dextrin.  Wheat dextrin is the active and principal ingredient in Benefiber. It can be easily dissolved and consumed in any hot or cold beverage, including water, coffee or juice. This property make is very easy to take this fiber as compared to Metamucil, since many people do not find it easy to consume the thick gel like formation once Metamucil is added to water.

Wheat dextrin in Benefiber also acts as prebiotic since it helps feed the healthy bacteria so that they can grow in out gut and in turn they make us healthier.  They help promote the good bacteria and suppress the bad bacteria hence it improves our digestion and elimination.

Konsyl

konsylKonsyl also contains Psyllium as the core ingredient similar to metamucil.  Konsyl natural Fiber Supplements and products do not contain any hormones, antibiotics, sweeteners, food colors, or flavorings that were not in the original ingredients.  Konsyl unlike metamucil does not contain orange flavor.  The good thing is the shelf life of this product is 3 years which is a long time though you may not need to keep it that long once you buy it.

Another good thing about this product is that it does not contain any artificial coloring or sweetener or sugar.  Which mean only thing you will consume when you take Konsyl is fiber and nothing else.

Fiber Smart

Fiber smart is a organic product.  The main fiber ingredient is flax seeds.  It also contains triphala which is one of the best know ayurvedic product.  Fiber smart is made from organic flax seed fiber along with It is particularly suitable for people who have sensitive colon.

Although it is marketed mainly as a product for bowel regularity it also contains other ingredients such as Triphala and glutamine as well as probiotics which can help you in maintaining a good digestive system, cholesterol control and regular bowel movements.  At the same time you also get benefited by Vitamin C in Triphala which improves your immune system.

Coming back to Flax seeds – Fiber smart contains relatively softer fiber as compared to psyllium and many people find it easier to consume it for this reason.  It is great product for those people who are sensitive to fiber supplements and suffer from common side effects such as bloating, cramps and pain.

Apart from acting as fiber, lflax seeds also provide one of the vital nutrient which is omega 3 fatty acids.  In case you are interested in learning more about flax seeds you can read this article.

Organic Triple Fiber

triple fiberThe main ingredients in organic triple fiber are three seeds oat bran, flax seeds and acacia.  The fiber in these three products help promote regularity, relieve occasional constipation, and help eliminate toxins from the digestive tract.

Triple Fiber is a non-cramping, psyllium free formula.  Hence people who do not like Psyllium based product such as metamucil may consider this product.

A gluten free product this product is good for people who are looking for fiber supplement which do not contain any additives and only contain natural organic products.  This product does not create gel like formation which are present in psyllium containing product like Konsyl and Metamucil.

Since it contains fiber from three different product it contains both soluble and insoluble fiber in right quantities.

Fiber Advance Gummies

Fiber advance gummies touted as the most delicious way to take fiber. It is  a product which is created from inulin which is made from chicory root.   Inulin is extracted by soaking soaking chicory roots in hot water. The best part about this product is it contains natural color from extract of various fruits and other natural products like Black Carrot Juice Concentrate, Purple Berry Extract, Tumeric And Annatto.

Inulin is not digested or absorbed in the stomach. When we eat inulin, it goes to the bowels where gut bacteria are able to use it to grow. It supports the growth of a special kind of bacteria that are associated with improving bowel function and general health.

Inulin decreases the body’s ability to make certain kinds of fats. Hence it also controls the weight gain and make you healthier.

Citrucel

citcucelCitrucel contains methylcellulose as the primary ingredient.  methylcellulose is a chemical compound which is extracted from cellulose.  Cellulose is an important component of cell wall structure in plant cells.  In fact cellulose if the compound which helps plants to stand tall since it provides the strength to the plants.

When we consume Citrucel, the methycellulose in it creates a bulk hence it is frequently used to relieve constipation.  The bulk in the intestines activates the movement in the intestines called peristaltic movement which helps in eliminating the stool. It also works by increasing the amount of water in the stool, making the stool softer and easier to pass.

Phillips Fiber Good Gummies

Just like Fiber Advance Gummies Phillips fiber food gummies also contains inulin as it main fiber ingredient.  Because of this this product also contains properties which are similar to other inulin containing products.

These gummies are tasty and hence most people eat it willingly instead of being forced to eat them.  The natural flavor in them make it all the more good.  Phillips Fiber Good Gummies has six natural fruit flavors.

Vitafusion Fiber Gummies

Vitafusion Fiber Gummies contains polydextrose as the main fiber ingredient.  Polydextrose is a complex structure of various dextrose (carbohydrates) which may be randomly connected.  Due to the complex linkage distribution in its highly branched structure, polydextrose resists digestion in the upper gastrointestinal tract and is partially fermented in the colon.

Since polydextrose is not digested and only partially fermented in the gut, it has an energy value of only 1 kcal/ gram.  Hence it encourages the growth of healthy gut bacteria.

The good part about Vitafusion Fiber Gummies is there is very less gas produced during fermentation of polydextrose in the gut when the bacteria acts on it.

Other benefits associated with Polydextrose are controlling of high blood sugar level, and controlling of weight gain problem.  So in a way it controls the two most important aspects of metabolic syndrome.

 

 

 

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